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Curbing juvenile crime must be a priority for the next mayor

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Reducing violent crime by young people should be a top priority for each candidate for mayor of Chicago, because today’s criminal youths are often tomorrow’s adult criminals.

Armed robberies and armed carjackings are common in Chicago, and many are committed by minors under the age of 18. No one seems to know the exact number of carjackings committed by boys, but some estimate that these crimes accounted for nearly 50% of his crimes. The last three years – enough to alarm the average citizen. In 2020, he had 1,413 carjackings, in 2021, he had 1,849, and in 2022, he had 1,655, according to City of Chicago data. Carjacking He’s Decreased In 2022, But Fear Isn’t.

To be clear, violent crime by Chicago boys is nothing new. But solving this problem should be a priority.

While there are many theories as to why these crimes have increased in recent years, there are certain things most people can agree on. Most juvenile offenders do not have positive role models in their lives. More specifically, most people don’t have fathers in their lives. Like any government agency, the city cannot take the place of fathers, but it can take steps to address this issue.

So far, most of the measures we’ve heard of mayoral candidates discussing are punitive measures in criminal courts. These are often one-size-fits-all measures that do more harm than good.

Maryland’s new governor, Wes Moore, was arrested for graffitiing a building as a child, and his life could have been very different had the officers who arrested him not released him. I often say no. tough lectures. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that armed robbery and armed vehicle hijacking are not as harmless as spray graffiti on a building. Crime should have consequences, but be careful when dealing with young people.

Even if you commit a heinous crime, society does not want to “throw away” your youth if there is a possibility that you can change into a positive member of society. At the same time, those who commit these crimes must face responsibility.

All too often, the pendulum swings from one extreme to the other. A slap on the wrist or introduce a child to the criminal justice system and they will be in and out for the rest of their lives.

I believe the only way to reduce juvenile crime is to reach out to young people while they are young.

Families need more resources. In other words, I need money for childcare. Often times, children are left to fend for themselves while their parents or parents are away from work. This often leads to children not being coached and relying on bad role models rather than following the rules set by their parents.

Programs to get children off the streets need more support from the city, both in money and attention. should be.

Our city can also facilitate mentorship programs more effectively. Research shows that mentoring is likely to help curb delinquency. It is important to note that mentoring is offered to juvenile offenders, but in such situations young people often resist mentors, seeing them as an unsavory extension of the justice system. That is why it is so important to mentor young people before they become criminals.

Sadly, the will of the public to fund these programs is often lacking, but it is possible to ‘sell’ these initiatives, making them not only cheaper than incarceration, but far better for young people and society. It is the mayor’s job to inform the public of

Quite frankly, juvenile crime should be at the forefront of issues that every mayoral candidate addresses.

Jeffery M. Leving is the founder and president of the law firm of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd. and an advocate for fathers’ rights.

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